Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Aroma is cherries, dried fruit, caramel, alcohol sweetness. Body is a gorgeous ruby with a thin head that dissapates. Taste is sweet, like fruit, and candy, burn is moderate for a 18% beer, not as well covered as WWS, but for the style I think it is done very well. Grapes, dry mouthfeel. Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
We have tamed the Beast! Red copper ale with a fruity sweet aroma with sour cherries. Sweet cherry notes in mouth with intense hops lingering in mouth. A goos alcohol burn, yet balanced with the sweet malt. A super strong barley wine. Strong and heavy bodied. Have another in one year, once its aged.Thanks to Maibockaddict. DragonStout (1416) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2004
This is definately named correctly.The dark amber beer poured with a small head that dissapeared quickly.Lots of flavors running thru this.Dark fruits like plums and raisins and tastes of bourbon.Alcohol had a great present in every drink.I enjoyed this beer.It was fun pulling all the flavors out.I would only drink one, after that forget about it.The Finish couldv’e been cleaner.Has some bitterness that was covered up with the alcohol warmth. igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 10, 2004
The color is a maraschino/amber, a small tawny head with very low retention. Carbonation is plentiful, rising evenly throughout the beer, and the lacing is clear and wine like. Aroma is malty with rich fruity esters and dark fruits – rich and sweet with some light hop notes. Alcohol is noticeable, however it is relatively low considering the overall ABV. Flavor is intensely sweet and syrupy with a full, numbing, hop finish. There are many distinguishable tastes other than possibly cherries and some dark fruits. Palate is full bodied and syrupy/creamy with that full hop bite. Effervescence is overpowered by the intensity of flavors.
What can one say? This is an intense experience. However, it is far from well balanced. I found it to be crude in its presentation and the alcohol burn was like that of cheap vodka. Quite Beast like. Sampled too early?
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Sampled at Pizza Port Strong Ale fest. Reddish hue. The flavor is all over the place and is pretty darn harsh on the front end with too much alcohol. Just too overwhelming to give a positive review. Acidic. Gnarled.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
pours a red amber color with a small head. aroma is fruity and malty. flavor is just excellent...the alcohol is hidden quite well considering. palate is perfectly balanced. i like this. joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
On tap, Strong Ale Festival. Clear Reddish/Brown. Aroma is of alcohol, some nice spices, coriander and yeast. Rich and thick feel, the first drink caught me way off guard, but in a good way (I think). Alcohol is hidden suprisingly well! Nice and smooth, rich, but there’s no way I could finish a bottle of it. It’s just too damn big. herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
In your face alcohol is the name of the game here. Hops are just barely outweighing the malt. Some spiciness but everything just seems to get bludgeoned by the abv. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2004
#666 and no other brew really seemed worthy of this mark. This is the most amazing winter warmer brew around. Tons of sweet malt, fig, dark fruit, raisin, and lots of sweet caramel malts. Very warming brew with a lot of alcohol in the aroma and flavor, normally this would not be all that good, but when its this cold outside, boooyah! This brew is going to be amazing once its aged for a year or two, let the alcohol settle a bit and the flavors mix and this could be perfect. Very thick body with a nice dry finish really make this brew excellent. Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2003 vintage sampled at O’Briens from a 1.5L Chimay challace.
A year of aging does wonders for this beer. Dark mahogany in color, creates a HUGE offwhite head. Aromatics are rich and sweet of carmelized bananas, cherries and yeast. Flavor is loaded with dark dried fruits... figs, raisins, dates, prunes and lots of caramel and a tinge of alcohol. Very full bodied on the palate, with a thick syrupy quality. Excellent dry finish with a very minor alcoholic burn. Top notch.